Many gather at courthouse to support California teacher accused of molesting three students

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
Clovis Unified teacher accused of molesting three students makes first court appearance
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TEACHER ON TRIAL: The longtime foreign language teacher remains on leave from Clovis Unified since mid-December.

FRESNO, Calif. -- A longtime foreign language teacher remains on leave from a California school district following molestation allegations.

Kenneth Lee denies he did anything wrong, KFSN reports.

The 50-year-old made a brief court appearance Wednesday after three Clovis East students say Lee molested them in his classroom.

Lee's defense attorney Roger Nuttall calls the allegations against his client are completely false and do not represent his character.

"Teachers with the climate, with the way students are now are sitting ducks for false accusations, and I see it all the time," Nuttall said.

Lee, a longtime teacher in Clovis Unified, was joined by a few dozen supporters for his arraignment at the Fresno County courthouse.

"There must've been fifty plus people here on his behalf. Former students, current students, family members, friends who all support him," Nuttall said.

A female student was the first to report Lee's alleged crimes to Clovis East staff in December 2018.

Since then, Clovis Police say two more female students have come forward, accusing Lee of inappropriate touching inside the classroom.

"Three separate occasions, three separate students, there were more than three occasions, with the first victim there were actually a few different occasions," said Sgt. Jim Munro, Clovis Police Department.

Kenneth Lee is due back in court April 29.

Investigators are requesting anyone with information about any other victims to contact Clovis Police.